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Counterclockwise: the rise and fall of Galaxy S, Lumia, Xperia Z and others

It has been a while since we last took a trip down memory lane, but the impending Mobile World Congress sparked some memories. The MWC has been the traditional stomping ground of the Samsung Galaxy S phone. Last year, it was the Galaxy S7. The year before was the Galaxy S6. Three years ago, Galaxy S5 rumors were flying. Four years ago, the Galaxy S4 didn't come to the MWC - instead, it was unveiled in New York. This year it may be the same, Samsung will bring miscellaneous devices to the MWC and leave the Galaxy S8 for a March reveal. Speaking of four years ago, it was when the original...

Sunday Q&A

Welcome to the week 7 edition of our Sunday Q&A. This week we talk the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Nougat update, the resolution vs pixel size debate and benchmarks. Ravi: With the release of the Huawei Mate 9 and the Cortex A73 cores inside it, the mighty Kryo cores inside Snapdragon 82x chips finally had a competitor that fared better in benchmarks. However, even the latest and greatest offering from ARM didn't even come close to the raw single-core computing power offered by A10 fusion cores inside iPhone 7/7+. My question is how did Apple manage to create a chipset that is way...

Weekly poll: have you switched to a phone with USB-C yet?

Some of us are working on an HTC 10 evo review and have to deal with the reality having USB-C as the only port. No, not even a 3.5mm headphone jack. But that's not the only issue, we have plenty of microUSB cables in the office while our USB-C cables are stolen by gremlins every night. The transition period is difficult, but it should be worth it - USB-C is the way of the future, the one cable to rule them all. And microUSB is about to go the way of miniUSB, so sooner or later you will be dragged into the C-world, whether you want to or not. Have you started the transition yet, do you...

Top 10 trending phones of week 7

Samsung reclaimed the top spot after 4 weeks of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 domination. The Galaxy J7 Prime was in second place last week, but in week 7 it rose to the top. Second came the Galaxy C9 Pro, while the Galaxy A5 (2017) made is a clean Samsung sweep on the podium. Moving down we see the Nokia 6, which continues to be a very interesting device despite being limited to a single market. The previous leader Redmi Note 4 has dropped to fifth, while its Snapdragon version fell off the chart entirely. The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) comes in sixth, edging out the Oppo F1s and Xiaomi Redmi...

Weekly poll results: 1080p screens are good enough, there's not much need for 4K

It seems that we've hit a wall when it comes to mobile screen resolutions - not that the technology isn't there, it's the purpose that is missing. Sure, VR enthusiasts (15% of voters) are excited for 4K 2160p screens since virtual reality headsets need all the pixels they can get. However, as some of you rightfully pointed out, Sony has no interest in mobile VR since it will compete with the PlayStation VR. Samsung has no such qualms and works with Oculus (both on the Rift and Gear VR) and seems to be working on a standalone headset. Asus and others are allegedly working on standalone...

Week 7 in review: Glass back and OLED iPhone 8 and more Galaxy S8 rumors

MWC 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting event. LG has the G6 to unveil and after its rebirth, Nokia will apparently hit hard with at least 3 handsets. If HMD plays its cards right and hits the nostalgia note properly, the alleged re-imagining of the legendary Nokia 3310 could very well steal the show on pure coolness points alone. Sony has also been keeping busy lately. Rumors and leaks now hint at new Xperia XA and XZ devices, with a third model, also potentially on the horizon. Huawei may have a few surprises lined up for the show as well, like the P10 Plus. Beyond the...

Xiaomi promotes India head Manu Jain to Global Vice President

Xiaomi Global has assigned Manu Kumar Jain to the position of Global Vice President. Jain has served as the head of India operations since the day the Chinese brand opened shop in India in 2014. Apart from serving as the Global VP, he will continue to oversee the India operations as Managing Director. Jain's promotion follows the exit of Hugo Barra from the company last month, who previously held the position of Global VP. Barra has since then announced plans of heading Oculus at Facebook back at Silicon Valley. Under the leadership of Jain, Xiaomi India flourished tremendously...

Really Blue Google Pixel arrives in the UK: pre-order today, on sale next week

The Really Blue color option for the Google Pixel was launched as a limited edition in the US and it tends to sell out. So Brits who don't fancy the Quite Black and Very Silver colors might want to be quick about this - pre-orders for Really Blue Pixels start today and will go on while stock lasts. Google has partnered with carrier EE and retailer Carphone Warehouse, which will have units on hand starting from February 24. EE is offering £46/month plans for the 32GB Pixel and £51/month plans for the larger Pixel XL (again with 32GB storage). You're in for a free Google Daydream VR headset,...

Samsung allegedly will launch the 2017 A5 and A7 in India in the coming weeks

It seems that Samsung might be in the process of updating the A5 and A7 in the Indian market. According to the sources at Pricebaba, the company will be launching the 2017 edition of both of these devices in the next few weeks. Samsung launched the 2016 models almost a year ago in India. Since then there hasn't been a lot of activity from Samsung in the mid-range segment. This is becoming one of the hottest segments in the smartphone market right now and with rivals like Lenovo and Xiaomi making in-roads all Samsung has to offer right now are last year's models. We don't have...

Hydrogen OS 3.0 for OnePlus 3 and 3T is now live

Chinese manufacturer OnePlus just released version 3.0 of its Hydrogen Android OS. This new version is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and some users have been reporting slightly better battery life, compared to the latest Nougat OxygenOS update. H2OS 3.0 If this is the first time you are hearing of Hydrogen OS or H2OS, it is more than understandable. It is the Android ROM OnePlus develops specifically for its local market. It features some UI differences to better suite local tastes and also lacks Google Play Services and the rest of the Google Apps package, since those...

NuAns is back with Neo Reloaded, but it's Android-powered

Back in 2015, Japanese company NuAns showed off its Windows 10-powered Neo smartphone for the first time. It's selling point was the TWOTONE interchangeable covers for its back. The phone debuted at CES 2016, post which the company announced its plans for the device's global launch through a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign, however, failed. Then earlier this month, it came to light that the company is coming back with a new version of the phone. And indeed, they are back, with a phone named Neo Reloaded. The key difference here is that the company has ditched Windows 10 Mobile in...

New GSMA mobile engagement study finds almost half of mobile users still only talk and text

It's not everyday you see an endeavor of this scale and potential importance to the mobile realm. GSMA has take upon itself to create and start conducting a new annual study and calculate what it is calling the new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI). It is an unique figure that measures the population's level of engagement with mobile phones, taking into account both types of use cases and frequency. The gathered data covers smarthpones and more traditional handsets and spans across 56 countries (32 developing, 24 developed), at 1,000 online survey respondent (18+) per country, effectively...

New rumor suggests both FullHD and QHD display options for the Xiaomi Mi 6

The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been frequenting the rumor mill for quite a few months now. Frankly, the immense fan interest has made it exceedingly hard to sort through all the alleged info on the device. Thus, you should take this new scoop, courtesy of a source on Weibo with the usual pinch of salt. The poster claims that the Mi 6 will come in two distinct variants - one with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a FullHD panel, while the other will ramp storage up to 64GB and offer a QHD display. Different storage options sound perfectly reasonable and were observed on the Mi 5 as well, however, having...

Sony slashes Xperia X price down to INR 24,990 in India

Competing well and staying relevant with a mid-range offer in today's market is an almost impossible task. The going is especially tough in India, where many value-driver Chinese manufacturers have focused their expansion efforts in recent years. Since, Sony isn't really known for its aggressive pricing strategy, discounts for devices like the Xperia X, were expected sooner or later. After slashing INR 10,000 off the rather exuberant INR 48,990 (around $735) launch price last year, Sony has now brought down the Xperia X even more to INR 24,990 (about $375). That is how much the...

ZTE Hawkeye Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled

ZTE has announced that they have decided to phase out the Kickstarter campaign for the Hawkeye smartphone that was revealed by the company last month. The announcement came in the form of an update to the phone's Kickstarter page. The company, however, said that the project isn't over. "We are reevaluating the device for the winning Project CSX idea - an eye-tracking feature with self adhesive backing - and it will be implemented based on your feedback." This comes less than a month after the Chinese firm acknowledged that their decision to implement eye-tracking feature with self...

Nougat update starts hitting Huawei Honor 8 units in India

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to Honor 8 units in India. Arriving as version FRD-L02C675B310, the update brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0) and EMUI version 5.0. The update was being beta tested until now, but now the beta phase has come to an end. "Honor 8 with Nougat and Emui 5.0 is open to users in India now," the Chinese company said in a blog post. "FRD-L02C675B310 became open to public a week ago. The same version will be available to all users in batches by end of February." Global roll out for the Honor 8 Nougat update began last month, and units in the...

YouTube plans to remove 30-second unskippable ads

If you've been using YouTube for a few years now, then its hard not to notice how much it has changed and gradually morphed. Google's efforts all seem to be aimed at one goal - to position the video platform as a viable mainstream content provider, not unlike TV and capitalize on advertisement accordingly. A lot has already been said about the new policies and parts of the community are constantly expressing concern. But, without going into too much detail, we will note that nowadays popular content tends to be longer by design, aimed at ramping-up viewing times and often delivered by big...

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on AT&T start getting Nougat update

Shortly after T-Mobile started pushing it out, AT&T has also begun rolling the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge Nougat update. Weighing in at around 1.6GB, the update arrives as version G930AUCU4BQA6 for the S7 and G935AUCU4BQA6 for the edge variant. Aside from bumping the Android version to 7.0, the update also brings along some other changes, including network performance enhancements, Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass, as well as Android security fixes for the month of February. Source 1 2

LG G Pad III 8.0 starts getting Nougat update

The Nougat update for the LG G Pad III 8.0 has been released. Specifically, Canadian carrier Fido has started rolling out the update to units on its network. The update bumps the Android version to 7.0. Given the fact that it's an OTA roll out, it might take some time for the update to hit your device. Meanwhile, if you feel impatient, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset's Settings menu. Source 1 2